WALKING AHEAD: Rose City Carvery owner Neil Parfitt can't wait to get back in business with big plans to revitalise the Glennie Heights corner store on Horseman Rd.
WALKING AHEAD: Rose City Carvery owner Neil Parfitt can't wait to get back in business with big plans to revitalise the Glennie Heights corner store on Horseman Rd. Marian Faa

CARVING IT UP: New twist to business in big Carvery comeback

A WARWICK business owner who thought he'd lost everything he ever worked for is ready to carve out a new future with the surprising return of two iconic businesses.

When Neil Parfitt walked out of Rose City Shoppingworld in July, he was bankrupt, devastated and uncertain what his future would hold.

In the months that followed the sudden closure of Rose City Carvery, Mr Parfitt was forced to go on Centrelink benefits for the first time in his life, experienced bouts of depression and tried to support his wife through the traumatic loss of their business.

"I remember when I was sitting in Centrelink I just fell to pieces and thought, 'What on earth am I doing here after everything we have done in our lives?'"

Having operated multiple business in Warwick in the past 14 years, Mr and Mrs Parfitt were well-known businesspeople in the town.

Surrounded by salvaged equipment from their takeaway business and thousands of dollars in debt, the pair were considering options when an opportunity arose.

Carvery customers George and Patricia Alldridge were thrilled to offer MrParfitt the Glennie Heights corner store when they heard the business was seeking to make a return.

 

Rose City Carvery owner Neil Parfitt and his wife Helena have been on emotional rollercoaster since going bankrupt and fleeing from Rose City Shoppingworld.
Rose City Carvery owner Neil Parfitt and his wife Helena have been on emotional rollercoaster since going bankrupt and fleeing from Rose City Shoppingworld. Marian Faa

"Things are meant to happen for a reason and we had to jump at it when they offered up the shop," Mr Parfitt said.

Mr and Mrs Alldridge were regulars at the Carvery and Mr Alldrige said he couldn't wait to have his favourite cup of coffee brewing once again.

"They're a great business couple and I think they will really lift the area," Mr Alldridge said.

Since reaching an agreement over the building, all hands have been on deck to transform the vacant shop into a new establishment that will mark the return of not one, but two iconic businesses.

"It's going to be everything - a corner store, takeaway, roasts," Mr Parfitt said.

Former corner store owner Richard Thew is thrilled the shop is reopening after it closed four years ago.

"It probably would have been the last corner shop open in town when it closed," he said. "It is an ideal location, it was a great little shop up there."

 

Rose City Carvery owner Neil Parfitt can't wait to get back in business with big plans to revitalise the Glennie Heights corner store on Horseman Rd.
Rose City Carvery owner Neil Parfitt can't wait to get back in business with big plans to revitalise the Glennie Heights corner store on Horseman Rd. Marian Faa

Since the shop closed, new houses have been built in Glennie Heights as well as the Warwick Christian College.

"To be honest, I think he'll kill it up there. Other takeaway places might have a bit of competition on their hands," MrThew said.

But Mr Parfitt said getting back in the game would not have been possible without the "phenomenal" support from the community.

"If it wasn't for friends and family, we could not have done this," Mr Parfitt said.

"The amount of support we have had is unbelievable."

Friends, family, tradies and customers have all rallied behind the Carvery owners, whether it be through offering labour, financial help or words of encouragement.

"Whenever we go downtown everyone is saying they can't wait for it to come back," Mr Parfitt said.

With the opening just around the corner, Mr Parfitt said he was ready to put the past behind him and couldn't wait to get back to doing what he loved.

"I am just looking forward to working again and meeting all the people we know, the customers," he said.

"Since just a couple of weeks being down here I have got back into it and there is a little bit of future there.

"We went through stages of a lot of depression in the last few months but now we have got some sort of direction."

Mr Parfitt said he was still waiting to finalise council approvals and the shop lease, but hoped the store would be open in a couple of weeks' time.

"Yes, we are bankrupt and we owe people money and that will be a big focus, but we have opportunity here and that's what we're going to do."



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